An 8-month old baby has had such a bad case of measles that she had to be hospitalized. And it's not because her mother is a staunch anti-vaccination supporter. As a matter of fact, Fainy Sukenik, the baby's mom, has had all her four children vaccinated at the prescribed times.
According to experts, the months-old baby is too young to get vaccinated for the disease, but she would not be dealing with this serious problem if it were not for anti-vaxxers.
Shira Goldschmidt is one of the many victims of the growing measles outbreaks in the US and Israel that are currently happening because some parents won't get their children vaccinated.
Anti-vaxxers can spread the disease even to those who are willing to protect their children through proper vaccinations because children under 1 year cannot get the measles vaccine just yet.
Sukenik knows that anti-vaxxers are to blame for her child's complications, and she calls out the group for making a choice that hurts other kids.
But what experts foretell is pretty grim, as they think that more children within Shira's age will suffer the brunt of the anti-vaccination choices parents are making.
In fact, Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist, claims that this scenario is completely "inevitable."
According to CDC, so powerful is measles that a baby under 1 can get it by entering a room that someone with the disease had visited two hours earlier.
Shira was a vibrant young baby.
But in December, she got a runny nose and a 104-degree fever.
The doctor thought it was a regular virus that she would soon bounce back from.
However, red spots followed a few days later, and it was clear she had measles. The spots were all over, including her mouth and between her fingers.
The mother was scared – she had never seen anything like it before.
Her baby was so weak, she could not eat and drink properly, and she could not even hold her head up.
When she and her husband rushed her to the hospital, she was placed in isolation and put on an intravenous drip.
Obviously, the experience aroused within her some pretty strong sentiments about the whole anti-vaccination movement going on in Israel and the United States.
In a touching Facebook post, she says that while it is perfectly fine to have choices, we should also consider the price that has to be paid by others for these choices. She even went as far as saying that anti-vaxxers should let themselves known so that other parents can be more cautious about letting their kids mingle with such kids.
As expected, anti-vaxxers were ready with their rebuttals. Some suggested that her daughter had a genetic defect, while others argued she was a bad mother.
A measles outbreak began in the US when an unvaccinated New York child visited Israel and got infected.
It snowballed from there.
At one point, an infected person spread the disease to 41 others; and today, there are thousands of measles cases in Israel and the US.
Some of the children will not survive the disease. CDC puts this number at every two children for every 1,000 infected with the disease.
Luckily, Shira beat the measles, and she is happy and back to her old self. However, doctors warned her that she might have complications from the disease down the road.
This rarely happens, but some measles survivors have subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, a serious and fatal brain disease. As many as 11 out of 10,000 who contracted the disease are likely to have this problem.
Despite the nasty comments on Facebook, Sukenik will not back down. She feels obliged to ensure that other children do not have to go through what her daughter did - or worse.